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Green School Awards Program. Application Process for PPPCS. Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Educators.

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Green School Awards Program

Application Process for PPPCS


Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Educators

Mission is to encourage, train & support Maryland educators to build a citizenry that understands and is responsibly engaged in promoting sustainability, addressing human needs, and conserving Earth’s natural resources.

1997- Green School Awards Program announced.


What does it mean to be “green”?

  • Schools are recognized for having made a commitment to environmental education

    • authentic learning

    • local environment issue investigation

    • professional development with EE best practices

    • community stewardship

  • Review process: non-competitive

  • Schools must re-apply every 3 years

  • 24 Baltimore City Schools recognized as of May 2012


PLUS….

The bonus of this

flag at 27 N. Lakewood Ave!


What does a Green School look like?

  • Students have opportunities at all grade levels and across disciplines to learn about and address environmental issues

    • In the classroom

    • On the school site

    • Within the local and regional community


Past Green School Achievements

Implementation of school-wide recycling program

Trashless Tuesdays or Waste-free Wednesdays

Built a native plant garden with raised beds

Schoolwide fundraiser benefitting “Pennies for the Planet”

Storm drain stenciling

Shad raise and release program

Rain garden

Environmental/outdoor field trips


Being Green Helps our Students

  • Develop a “Sense of Place”

    • Exposing them to the interconnectedness of life

    • What is my role in the community and the environment?

  • Develop Place Attachment

    • Builds an emotional bond to a place

  • Authentic EE activities allow students to examine their role in the community and the environment.


Evidence for Achievement Effects

  • Research on effective schools shows that students’ sense of connectedness to school and community is an important element of achievement.

    • significantly enhanced student performance on standardized multi-disciplinary achievement tests

    • significantly improved student achievement motivation and critical-thinking skills

    • more collaborative and interdisciplinary practice, and more frequent use of service learning projects, by teachers


Resources for Teachers

  • Project Wet, Wild, and Learning Tree (sharepoint)

  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources

    • http://www.dnr.state.md.us/education/classroom.asp

  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation

    • http://www.cbf.org/about-cbf/our-mission/educate


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